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This time, Southern Durham tops Chapel Hill in 3AA football playoffs

Albert Nyamayaro, center, of Chapel Hill is brought down by Dominick Green, right, Taronald Beauford, second from right, and Ryan Bond, left, of Southern. The Southern Spartans played the Chapel Hill Tigers at the North Carolina Central University O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham, N.C. on Friday, November 13, 2015.
Albert Nyamayaro, center, of Chapel Hill is brought down by Dominick Green, right, Taronald Beauford, second from right, and Ryan Bond, left, of Southern. The Southern Spartans played the Chapel Hill Tigers at the North Carolina Central University O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham, N.C. on Friday, November 13, 2015. newsobserver.com

There was no upset this time.

Southern Durham got its revenge over Chapel Hill with a 42-0 thumping in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-AA playoffs.

The Spartans, the defending state champions at the time, were upset last year by the Tigers 39-28 in the third round of the playoffs.

But there was never any doubt Friday night, as Southern (9-3) scored all of its points in the first half. The defense held Chapel Hill (6-6) to 79 total yards, including just 9 yards rushing.

“Our game was to come in and win the game. Revenge and all that redemption stuff was last year,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said. “We didn’t really think about that coming into the game. We would just wanted to keep our kids mentally ready and prepared to advance to next week.”

Southern quarterback Jalen Green accounted for four of his team’s scores: two rushing and two passing. Greene completed 12 of 20 passes for 146 yards and an interception, and rushed for another 97 yards on eight carries.

Southern senior safety Keywon Hayes got the Spartans on the scoreboard after scooping up a fumble and rumbling 66 yards with 7:58 left in the first quarter.

Greene, who got great blocking up the middle to terrorize the Tigers defensive front, scored back-to-back TDs up the middle on runs of 28 and 49 yards for a 21-0 lead, still in the first quarter.

Return specialist Kaleb Barfield pushed it out to 28-0 with a dazzling 68-yard punt return that left several defenders on the ground.

Greene sealed the deal with TD passes to wide receiver Jermaine Russell for 36 yards and running back Jordon Brown for 32 yards for the 42-0 final.

The Spartans next play the winner of Orange and Northwood.

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